Masdevallia munae Luer & R.Barrow 2005 SUBGENUS Polyantha SECTION Alaticaules SUBSECTION Alaticaules [Krzl.] Luer 1986

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Muna Masdevallia [A town in Peru]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Huanuco department of central Peru at elevations around 2400 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-obovate, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, arising from low on the ramicaul with a bract in the lower third, erect, triquetrous, 4.8" [12 cm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with a thin, tubular, shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

"Characterized by the narrow, obscurely petiolate leaf and a relatively slender peduncle shorter than the leaf. The flowers are produced successively in a loose raceme. Although the flower superficially appears similar to many others with a broad, cylindrical, sepaline tube, the lateral sepals are deeply connate into a broad synsepal with distant obtuse apices that are contractred into shorter, slender tails. The petals are narrowly oblong, The folds near the middle of the lip stand erect like a pair of fin-like lamellae." Luer 2005

Synonyms Alaticaulia munae (Luer & R.Barrow) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Systematics of Dryadella Systematics of Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Alaticaulia munae; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide;